Steps that helped Spalding man stop stammering

Fellow members of South Holland Local History Group probably have no idea that Gordon Nottingham ever had a stammer. Photo: SG280916-105TW
Fellow members of South Holland Local History Group probably have no idea that Gordon Nottingham ever had a stammer. Photo: SG280916-105TW
0
Have your say

It took just three sessions with a speech therapist to stop Spalding man Gordon Nottingham from stammering.

Gordon says she spoke to him about the mechanics of speech, about the importance of breath and gave him two useful tips.

One was a ditty that repeated ‘problem’ sounds, in Gordon’s case the letter ‘m’. He remembers it still: Many men make much money in the moonshine.

He says: “By the time you have said it 50 times you don’t worry about ‘Ms’.”

She also taught him to ‘bounce’ trigger words, for instance making a ‘mu mu’ noise before saying ‘many’, something Gordon was able to do unselfconsciously in front of clients, which in turn improved his confidence... and his stammer.